Cork – A City That Connects For Health May 5th Conference

Cork Healthy Cities hosted it’s Inaugural Healthy Cities conferencein Millenium Hall on Thursday May 5th.

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The conference was launched by Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Nugent in an evening reception in Council Chambers on Wed May 4th where Charlotte Marchandise-Franquet, Deputy Mayor of Rennes, France and French Healthy Cities Network was welcomed to the city and was the keynote speaker at the conference.

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The conference was attending by a wide variety of ground workers from community voluntary sectors, state agency workers and local businesses and communities working across the city. The conference objective was to introduce the Healthy Cities concept to the people of Cork and to recognise the work of local health champions who contribute on a daily basis to Cork as a Healthy City. A key focus was about recognising “Leadership in Health” in the city and putting forward innovative ways in which we can all better connect to improve Corks Healthy City status.

The conference had a wide variety of speakers including:

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•Keynote address: Charlotte Marchandise-Franquet, French Healthy Cities Network and Deputy Mayor for Health, Rennes, France. “Health Leadership & Governance at City level”

•Short presentations and a panel discussion with Dr.Cate Hartigan(Health Promotion & Improvment, Health & Well Being Divison)/ Joan Devlin Chief Executive Healthy Cities Network Belfast Healthy Cities & Head of the WHO Secretariat European / Stephen Murphy Co Ordinator Cork Healthy Cities

•Jacky Jones, Irish Times Columnist & Health Promotion Specialist – Creating trust and dealing with power challenges.

•Light Lunch and a  short guided walk of the city by Mr. Paddy Kelly.

•Jenny Hanna & Joanne Morgan – Community Development & Health Network Northern Ireland “Community Health Champions”

•Cork Healthy Cities world Cafe Workshops and  Graphic Harvest in the afternoon session with Eimear McNally


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Cork Healthy Cities is dedicated to improving health outcomes for the city using the social determinants of health model.

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Members of Cork Healthy Cities Steering group